We recently returned from a great day sail adventure with Capt Phil and Tarn on the Wayward Sailor. We opted for the all day BVI excursion to Jost Van Dyke. Capt Phil met us near the ferry wharf in Cruz Bay on time at 8am and we quickly tendered out to the Wayward Sailor which he keeps moored in the harbor.
Phil immediately gave us a safety briefing on the boat including locations of life jackets and other equipment as soon as we were on board. The Wayward Sailor was Phil's home for over 20 years and she has been lovingly maintained. As a sailor myself, I appreciate the effort it takes to keep a boat in tip top condition. She is sturdy, comfortable and safe.
We set out for snorkel stop before heading to Jost where Phil and I got in the water. We saw a very rare black and white reef shark and some very interesting coral formations. Then we sailed across the channel to Jost where we cleared customs at the shack next to Foxy's. Normally Phil likes to have lunch at Foxy's but as it was the off season, we motored over to White Bay (10 mins away) and anchored for lunch at the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. We bought Painkillers and tee shirts and I successfully hooked the ring (go there are you'll see what I mean).
We had time for a quick swim after lunch and then we sailed back across to St John. Captain Phil is an interesting character with hundreds of stories--one or two of which might be true (he is a sailor afterall...). Tarn is warm, friendly and inviting and together they make a fine team.
One thing to note: Phil likes thing done his way, particularly on the boat and in the water. If you are very independent or not prone to following directions, this may not be the charter boat for you.
That having been said, we had a nice day with Phil and Tarn and we highly recommend then to anyone looking for a nice sail from St John.
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